Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Voting Machines Accuracy Verfied, High Voter Turnout Projected

The Allegheny County Elections Division today announced the results of a random testing of its voting machines. Eighteen machines were selected and tested over the past five days, and all of them demonstrated the exact, true and unaltered version of the federally trusted build held in escrow by the Secretary of the Commonwealth. County Executive Dan Onorato says Allegheny County is the only county in the U.S. to take these measures. He expects other counties to follow the lead of Allegheny County to ensure the accuracy of their machines in coming years.

Meanwhile, Elections Manager Mark Wolosik projects a large turnout at the polls on November 4th. He estimates that about 75 percent of registered voters in Allegheny County--around 700,000 people--will come out to cast ballots. He says that there will not be any shortage of voting machines, but expects lines will be longer than usual. He suggests people try to come out in the middle of the day, rather than in the early morning or late evening to cast their vote to avoid long lines. Wolosik also recommends county residents verify their registration status with the Elections Division prior to election day to ensure they are properly registered. Voters can do so by calling or stopping by the Elections Division, or through the Division's web page.

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